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Teen Pregnancy Rate Decreases In Yuma County

While some people argue that certain movies and reality television shows are encouraging teenagers to get pregnant and become teen moms, the Yuma County Sun reports that the U.S. Census data indicates teen pregnancy rates in Yuma County are lower this year than in previous years. The country reportedly now has a pregnancy rate of 63 per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19.

In 2008, the pregnancy rate among women ages 15 to 19 was at 75 per 1,000 and in 2007 the pregnancy rate was at 77 per 1,000 women. While the teen pregnancy rate might be decreasing, Yuma County and the state of Arizona still have high rates of teenage pregnancies compared to the rest of the nation. This year, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy ranked Arizona as the state with the third-most teen pregnancies, just behind New Mexico and Nevada.

Cynde Serf, marketing communications for Planned Parenthood Arizona, says that the lack of sex education in the state could be a among the factors for the high rate of teen pregnancy in Arizona. She told the Yuma Sun that there's currently no sex education requirement in Arizona schools.

Teen mothers will often have to hire a Phoenix family law attorney after giving birth to a child. This is because it's important for a mother to make sure there's certainty of who the father is. Hence, courts could require paternity testing. In addition to paternity suits, Phoenix family lawyers in Arizona can provide legal help when it comes to issues child support, child custody, and visitation.

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